NaNoWriMo Day 21/22: My Novel, “Nobody’s Girl,” is Now Available!

Nobody's Girl by Juanita Millhouse

Nobody’s Girl by Juanita Millhouse

Want to talk about inspiration for getting that novel written this month?  How about holding a printed copy of your novel in your own hands?  How about telling everybody you know that your novel is published?  How about being able to honor the memory of your father and writing buddy/hero by releasing your novel on the 5th anniversary of his death, on Thanksgiving Day?

That’s my story today as I proudly announce that today my novel, “Nobody’s Girl” is released to the public in both print and Kindle versions!

“Tess Brenner never would have imagined that she’d be in love with a rock-star. Of course, when she fell in love with Jamie Bennett back in fourth grade, nobody would have guessed the nerd with long hair would be one of the most popular men in the world just a few years later. But when Jamie and the band leave their hometown to tour the world, Tess must learn to live without that love. But can she? Will she ever forget the love that binds her heart to the lead singer of the Four Jays?”

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Happy Thanksgiving!


NaNoWriMo Day 3: 11 Ways to Keep the Inspiration Going


Inspiration (Photo credit: photosteve101)

Today, I crossed the 10,000 word mark.  And that’s usually about the time my inspiration wanes.  So, I thought it might be a good idea to work through some of the things I do to keep the inspiration going.  Hope these ideas are helpful for you!

  1. Read an article, book or website on the subject matter (example: “Mistress of the World,” my novel for this year, is about a rock band.  So, I am reading things on the Beatles, the Monkees, Aerosmith, etc.).
  2. Listen to music that sets the mood (Need a sad scene?  Crank up Billie Holiday.  Working on a love scene?  Tune in to the crooning of Michael Buble.  How about a whiney teenage girl moment?  Blast some Miley Cyrus.  Oh, wait…did I say that out loud?)
  3. Watch a t.v. show, movie or documentary that has something to do with your topic.
  4. Do a writing exercise (here are some: Writer’s Digest Writing Exercises,’s writing exercises, Daily Writing Tip’s Writing Exercises, University of Denver offers some as well, as does teacher/author Meredith Sue Willis.)
  5. Write a terrible limerick about your least favorite character in the book you’re working on, then figure out how and where it might be inserted into your story.
  6. Imagine what would happen if a Superhero, like Superman, were to suddenly enter your plot-line.  Now, write all the reasons that would never work (or, would!).  Use this information to move your story forward…  (For example, Superman flying into the story about this rock band would ruin so much of the plot, because, surely, the ditzy drummer would have a crush on Clark Kent instead of her boyfriend, since she likes nerds.  Oh, wait.  I didn’t know that…but now I do.)
  7. Write character bios for your lead characters.  Fill out their entire history.  Use that information to move a scene forward.
  8. Read another author’s work.  Better yet, read a novel or short story set in the same era or location as your book.
  9. Take a ten minute walk, pondering your characters, the plot, the story climax, the dénouement, the back-story that your readers will never know…whatever you want to, just keep the book as the focus!
  10. Bribe yourself.  For every 1,667 words you write, you get to (insert something that would motivate you to get those words written as quickly as possible!)…
  11. Chat up your best friend with plot ideas, info about your characters, etc.  Make it an on-going conversation on facebook, g-chat or yahoo messenger.  If possible, get him/her to offer ideas…but be specific.  Or even give him/her an assignment.  (For my book “Drop Dead Daisy” [coming in 2013], I asked my best friend to go pick out the drumkit for the drummer.)  Keep chatting it up…and you’ll discover all sorts of inspiration from one of your best sources.

What are some things you do to keep the inspiration going while you write with a deadline?